Left-back of the Year
Skysports.com wants to hear your views on the best players from the 2008/09 campaign
Last Updated: 05/05/09 1:02pm
Evra: Correct winner?
With the Professional Footballers' Association having dished out their annual awards, skysports.com wants to hear your views on who you feel have been the stand-out performers in the 2008/09 campaign.
In a series of features we will be looking to compile a team made up of players voted for by you - the fans.
Logic dictates that every good team needs a solid left-back so we will be continuing our search for the Premier League's best XI in that slot.
The PFA voted Manchester United's Patrice Evra as their top choice, but do you agree with that verdict?
We have selected eight candidates we feel are worthy of gracing any side and all you have to do is choose your favourite.
Fabio Aurelio - Liverpool
Having seen off the not entirely threatening competition for a starting place from Andrea Dossena, Aurelio has become a fixture in the Reds' first XI this season. Although lingering questions still surround the Brazilian's defensive abilities, he exhibits all of his country's skill and ability when going forward and has four Premier League assists and two goals to his name.
Leighton Baines - Everton
The former Wigan player struggled to make an impact during his first season at Goodison Park, but in his second campaign he has become a regular for the Toffees. Baines epitomises the qualities of FA Cup finalists Everton, with hard work and spirit combining with undoubted skill. The 24-year-old is also a major threat with a dead ball and could be in England contention for the 2010 World Cup.
Ashley Cole - Chelsea
Love him or hate him, the ability of Chelsea and England's first-choice left-back cannot be questioned. Cole is never one to shirk a battle when defending and also offers considerable danger when attacking at pace. The 28-year-old can sometimes struggle to avoid the stereotypes of his image - and off-field issues have not helped in 2009 - but he remains highly-rated on the pitch.
Gael Clichy - Arsenal
The France international epitomises Arsenal in the modern era - possibly lacking in physical stature, but with energy, skill and a desire for aesthetic football to burn. Clichy has struggled with injuries, however, he has still impressed. After emerging from former Gunner Cole's shadow, the 23-year-old is now Arsene Wenger's first choice and he is expected to play a major part in Arsenal's predicted success in future years. Clichy was a member of the PFA Team of the Year last season, do you believe he should have been named again?
Patrice Evra - Manchester United
The Manchester United defender was voted by the PFA as the best left-back, but do you agree? Evra has been a major - often unsung influence - in the Red Devils' impressive season, which could still end in a quadruple trophy haul. Although the Frenchman has suffered a few shaky displays, his positive outings far outweigh the negative. The 27-year-old is undoubtedly at his best when attacking, and anyone who has been selected on 41 occasions in all competitions this season by Sir Alex Ferguson is obviously a half-decent player.
Maynor Figueroa - Wigan Athletic
Figueroa has demonstrated exactly why Wigan boss Steve Bruce was so keen to secure his services on a permanent basis in December after an initial loan spell. The Honduras star is reportedly on the radar of the Premier League's big boys following a number of powerful and eye-catching displays as the Latics have, arguably, over achieved during 2008/09. No nonsense in defence, while his pile-driver left boot is a danger in attack, Figueroa could be your favourite.
Herita Ilunga - West Ham United
Ilunga has been one of many positives in Gianfranco Zola's first season as a manager in England's top flight, leading West Ham to recently tie the 27-year-old to a four-year deal which will take effect in the summer. The Hammers have emerged as European candidates and the buccaneering and skilful attributes of Ilunga have been a contributing factor. Ilunga's two goalscoring exploits have been restricted to the FA Cup, but it is unlikely that it will take the Congo player long to break his league duck.
Paul Konchesky - Fulham
Fulham have been the surprise package of the season after switching from relegation fodder to European challengers. The success has been built upon a rock-solid defence and Konchesky has been a key element. The former Charlton, Tottenham and West Ham player has demonstrated why he has two England caps to his name and has revelled under boss Roy Hodgson. Konchesky, 27, oozes the counter-attacking mix of defence and attack that Hodgson's continental approach embodies.